SWYOR-92F8A1: Early Medieval lead alloy token

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Unique ID: SWYOR-92F8A1

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A lead alloy uniface token, coin or other paranumismatic object of uncertain date. It is a disc of lead alloy which is 30.8mm in diameter and 1.57mm thick. The decorated face has a bust facing right surrounded by four crosses of wedges, and a chevron or possible letter A behind the bust. It also has a single line border round the edge. The edges are damaged, and there are stress marks where the object has been folded at some point. It has a dark grey patina with a cream colour in places. The find is from a site which has produced Early Medieval objects. An Early Medieval lead alloy token on the database is BERK-A96AE7 but a close parallel for this find has not yet been found. Compare also KENT-AC73A1, a lead alloy penny of Cnut. There is no evidence of attachment, making it unlikely to be a nummular brooch, though lead alloy examples are well known. It has been suggested that this object is a trial piece, but it seems unusually large for a coin design. Compare also SWYOR-EE8811 which is possibly a modern imitation of an Early Medieval coin.

This record has been examined by John Naylor (PAS National Finds Advisor), who feels that the piece is Post Medieval in date.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.57 mm
Weight: 9.35 g
Diameter: 30.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 27th November 2011 - Monday 13th February 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Carole Bloom
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1768

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Harrogate (District)
Parish or ward: Spofforth with Stockeld (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE3652
Four figure Latitude: 53.962836
Four figure longitude: -1.452788
1:25K map: SE3652
1:10K map: SE35SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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